February 26, 2010
Bird Man of Venice said
I'm not convinced crime is down at all in Venice. I'm convinced "reported crime" is down.
Some of us have just given up hope, and now take our lumps without complaining (in terms of petty crime, such as the odd thing stolen from my front porch.)
Interestingly, I don't necessarily trust LAPD in terms of honest crime statistics. A while back, someone broke into our car and damaged the glove box trying to pry it open. Cost me about $150 to get it repaired. Asked the Mrs. to report it to the LAPD. She called Pacific Division to make the report. The Officer she spoke with asked her if she was making a claim on her insurance. When she said no (we have a $500 deductible) the Officer told her that since she wasn't filing a claim with her insurance, that she didn't need to make a police report and talked her out of reporting the crime. Of course, a couple of weeks later LAPD was boasting about how theft from motor vehicles were down in Venice.
Just makes me wonder…
The last stats I saw indicated that property crime in Venice was actually higher than in Compton!!!
I hear what you are saying about unreported crime, here is a pretty good resource of reported crime that is constantly updated by the LA Times, right now we rank 47th in violent crime over LA's 272 (?!) neighborhoods… (compton is 20, west compton 21, east compton 32) and 30th in property crimes (playa vista is 16, west compton is 24, compton 64, east compton 65)